VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
Canadian composer, pianist, teacher, writer and administrator John Beckwith was born in Victoria, British Columbia on 9 March 1927. He studied piano with Alberto Guerrero at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and then learned with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. From 1952 until he retired in 1990, he taught at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, was faculty dean (1970-77) and founded and directed the university's Institute for Canadian Music.
His more than 160 compositions include chamber, choral, concert band, orchestral, solo and stage works. He also arranged many Canadian folk songs. The last of his seventeen books was published three months before he died from pneumonia at Toronto Western Hospital on 5 December 2022, aged ninety-five.